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(Relaxnews) – Art lovers in New York will be busy visiting galleries and taking in exhibitions during Armory Arts Week. The event revolves around the Armory Arts Show but also includes smaller exhibitions at local galleries and art fairs including the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Art Show, the Independent, the Art Show, Volta NY, Fountain Art Fair, Moving Image, Scope, and the Pool Art Fair.

14th Armory Arts Week
March 8-11
Various locations
New York City, USA

Centered around the Armory Show (New York’s biggest art fair), Armory Arts Week has become an international institution that involves artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from around the world. Armory Arts Week draws a healthy crowd of around 60,000 international and local visitors. Museums, art institutions and local galleries across the city participate with dedicated exhibitions and events. Concurrent art fairs include the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Art Show, Volta NY, Fountain Art Fair, Independent, Moving Image, Scope, and the Pool Art Fair.

JUE | Music + Art 2012

March 9-25
Various venues
Shanghai and Beijing

Jointly held in Shanghai and Beijing, Jue gathers together China’s urban artists and musicians for almost a month of concerts, promoting the country’s vibrant independent arts scene along the way. It’s the largest independent art and music festival in China.

14th FotoFest 2012 Biennial
March 16 – April 29
Houston, Texas, USA

FotoFest is the largest and longest-running international photography festival in the US and rivals photo festivals such as Contact and PHotoEspaña on the global scale. The event features photography and mixed media exhibitions plus an international portfolio review for artists, symposia on photography, workshops, talks and the international Biennial Fine Print Auction. In 2010, 250,000 people attended the event. In 2012 the spotlight will be on Contemporary Russian photography from the late 1950s to today and five photography, video and multimedia exhibitions will showcase the work of contemporary Russian artists.

25th TEFAF Maastricht Arts and Antiques Fair
March 16-25
Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre
Maastricht, The Netherlands

TEFAF (run by The European Fine Art Foundation) is the world’s leading arts and antiques fair. Last year the fair attracted more than 73,000 visitors and displayed some 30,000 examples of stunning art and artifacts from across the globe. In 2012 more than 260 art and antiques dealers will travel to the fair from 18 countries as it celebrates its silver jubilee. The event is divided into nine sections that represent all the different forms of art and antiques from modern masterpieces to artifacts dating back 7,000 years. London’s Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair (June 7-17) is slightly smaller.
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The Art of Video Games

March 16 – September 30
American Art Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, DC

The first exhibit to chronicle the development of video games as an art medium, from the Atari of the 1970s to today’s Playstation 3. Visual effects, storytelling and aesthetics will be highlighted by curator PastPixels. Multimedia presentations with game footage, historic consoles and a selection of working game systems will be available for visitors to play. The show opens with GameFest, three days of talks by video game pioneers, designers and artists, screenings, and hands-on play of Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, and Myst.

6th Art Dubai

March 21-24
Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

While relatively new on the art scene, Art Dubai has quickly become a hub for contemporary art from the Middle East region and welcomed 20,000 visitors in 2011. The sixth edition of Art Dubai brings together 75 galleries from the Middle East and around the globe. The event also encompasses an extensive program of collateral events including the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, the Global Art Forum, film screenings, talks and performances. Art Dubai falls under the banner of Dubai Art Week and runs concurrently to the Sikka Art Fair, Design Days Dubai and numerous other exhibitions, artists’ projects and museum shows.
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34th Artexpo New York
March 25-27
Pier 92 on the Hudson River
New York, USA

The international Artexpo bills itself as the world’s largest fine art trade show. The event hopes to attract 20,000 buyers and art enthusiasts, all coming to view and purchase wholesale works directly from artists and publishers. In addition to the large showcase of prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and ceramics, Artexpo also hosts a special three-day Education Series. In 2012 Artexpo will run concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
March 24 – August 19
De Young Museum
San Francisco, California, USA

For the 35th anniversary of Jean Paul Gaultier, the first retrospective devoted to the fashion designer spans 120 selections from his 1976 ready-to-wear to his 2007 haute couture collections. The exhibition, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, celebrates his avant-garde style and collaborations with Madonna, Lady Gaga, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, dance and theater with film clips of concerts, ballets, and fashion shows. Photography includes images by Andy Warhol, Jean-Baptiste Mondino and Robert Doisneau. The Montreal-based theater company Ubu Compagnie de Création designed 30 animated mannequins that talk and sing in playful vignettes for the show.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective
March 25-July 8
Denver Art Museum
Denver, CO, USA

A 40-year survey of the fashion designer’s work arrives from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Paris, with 200 examples of his haute couture garments, as well as photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of his style and career from early days at Dior in 1958 to Saint Laurent’s recent elegant evening gowns. The DAM will be the only US venue for the exhibition.

Art Paris Art Fair
March 29 – April 1
Grand Palais
Paris, France

Art Paris returns in 2012 under a new name (Art Paris Art Fair) and new leadership and with new events. Fifty-six percent of the 120 galleries participating are new to Art Paris Art Fair in 2012 and a new section of the fair called Limited Edition will focus on cutting edge contemporary design. Approximately 48,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair. Other notable art fairs taking place in Paris in 2012 include Drawing Now Paris (March 29-April 1), Le Salon D’Automne (October 25-29), FIAC (October 18-21), Cutlog (October 18-21) and Paris Photo (November 15-18).

April 18-22
Cologne-Deutz Exhibition Centre
Cologne, Germany

Approximately two hundred leading local and international galleries will showcase classical 20th century art, post-war art and contemporary art at Art Cologne. Hailed as the world’s oldest international art fair, Art Cologne is all about “looking at art, discovering art, buying art.” Art Cologne is the most prominent contemporary art fair in Germany and is a must-see event in Germany’s art calendar along with Art.Fair 21, Art Forum Berlin, and the Fine Art Fair Frankfurt. 60,000 people attended Art Cologne in 2011.